My current research project – concerning the operationalization of “occupational Swedish” (yrkessvenska) in educational as well as in workplace settings – are framed not only by dialogical, interaction analytical and second language pragmatically approaches but also by my own experiences of teaching Swedish as a second language and engagement in refugee welcoming. My hopefully constructive point of departure is guided by the question of what Swedish that needs to be acquired depending on what practices you want to participate in, as opposed to the question of what it means to learn a language per se (here: Swedish).